Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Rosé De GambrinusCantillon Rosé De Gambrinus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-16-2002

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2,340
Reviews:
754
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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From: Belgian Beer Shop, BE
Date: September 2012 bottling
Glass: Cantillon stem glass

Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus is a delicious raspberry-inspired lambic, the result of an excellent base lambic and delicious ripe fruit. The result is a strongly sour, at times nearly puckering, beer that still retains its raspberry and lambic base flavors. Excellent, one I would seek out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall bottle of light pink-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is about average for the style, the foam lasting a bit over one minute and fading to a thin cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, thicker around the edges. Lacing is adequate, with a few dots clinging randomly along the sides of the glass. Body is a dark red-pink color, with light bringing out orange-pink-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy body, high in number and activity.

Aroma is of raspberry juice sweetness around the periphery, with strong acidity, and farmhouse-like scents (a bit of composting hay, mustiness, Brett-style "funk" - styrene?).

Front of palate tastes a strong mixture of fresh and dried raspberries with a bit of strawberry as well, isoamyl acetate, light tartness, and modest mustiness and composting hay. Mid-palate of very strong acidity leading to a powerful sourness blended with dried raspberry flavors; attendant other flavors are of composting hay, Brettanomyces funk, and mustiness. Back of palate is quite fruity, with strong flavors of sour raspberries, lesser light apple cider like acidity and associated strong tartness, and gentle background washes of Brettanomyces "funk" and mustiness. Aftertaste of strong basement mustiness, lingering raspberry esters, a bit of mineral flavor, and mild tartness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a lightly fizzy, then softly foamy mouthfeel that works for the style. Closes dryly, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Bottle shared with Keith_R, served in Cantillon tasters

A - Blush link, no head/lacing.

S - Vinegar and mustard with a pinch of raspberry and a touch of baby diaper.

T - Much better than the nose, straight raspberry bubblegum with a nice acidity.

M - Drying light and refreshing

O - Surprised at how little sweetness remained, I would have preferred a touch more.

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12oz capped and corked bottle (bottled 17 May 2013) poured into a Lindeman's flute. Slow pour to keep the sediment behind.

Appearance: Clear coppery red with a thin white head on top. Some occasional small islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Raspberries, hint of fresh picked sweet berries, some mustiness. As it warms up there is some sweet malt under it all.

Taste: Very Tart! Raspberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, just a hint of wood. Some bready malt in there, but it is fleeting. Crisp and sharp tartness at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry, airy carbonation, acidic juice attack on the teeth briefly and then its gone.

Overall / Drinkability: I'm going to hit drinkability first - I can finish a bottle but I wish I had paired it with a fruity dessert. One per night is enough. Overall, a mouth-puckering one of a kind beer, but I think I'm still acquiring the taste of sours and lambics. An interesting slow-sipper but I was not expecting this much tartness. Any more tart and it would not be drinkable, like it is calibrated to be right at the edge of tolerance to push you to a new taste, but not push you over the edge into disgust and inability to finish it. So I'll list this one as my current high limit on tart lambics I can tolerate and finish. A good milestone in my continuing exploration of beer.

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Cantillon Rosé De Gambrinus from Brasserie Cantillon
4.22 out of 5 based on 2,340 ratings.
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